February, 2019 – Olam Creating Radical Transparency in Supply Chains

Sustainability and traceability in agricultural supply chains and food systems continue to be two of the hottest topics talked about all over the globe. Studies show that consumers worldwide are increasingly demanding more assurance that what they purchase is safe and sustainable for both people and the planet.

According to a survey conducted by Futerra, 96 percent of people in the US and UK feel their own actions such as donating, recycling or buying ethically can make a difference.

While this is important, brands are actually the ones that have a key role to play. Eighty-eight percent of consumers in the US and UK want their favorite brands to help them be more environmentally friendly and ethical in their daily lives.

Further, according to a new report from Label Insight and the Food Marketing Institute, 75 percent of shoppers say they will switch to a brand that provides more in-depth product information, beyond what is just on the physical label.

Not only do consumers want their favorite brands to be more sustainable,  they also want traceability, and a closer connection to their food.

These demands have landed the global food and agri-business sector into a time when “radical transparency” is being called for by consumers. This is driving major food companies to reveal the details behind the ingredients in their food products including origins, how and who it was farmed by, processing details, and environmental and social impacts of producing their products.

Olam has taken a huge leap to support our customers in providing the traceability and sustainability data demanded by the new-age consumer marketplace. Companies that can provide verifiable, quantifiable, and impact-related data on their supply chains will gain a competitive advantage over those that cannot.

In April 2018, Olam launched a pilot version of a new digital sustainability offering which is now in full implementation of this program across its supply chains globally.

AtSource is a comprehensive, three-tiered sustainable sourcing solution in the Agri B2B marketplace. It seamlessly connects manufacturers directly through the source of their supply, across the entire journey from field to processing, country of origin to destination market. This insight helps manufacturers to shape real change on the ground and meet various social and environmental targets.

AtSource offers reassurance that suppliers are engaged on responsible sourcing principles and practices under the Olam Supplier Code.

AtSource+ focuses on 12 sustainability topics with over 80 indicators, starting at the farmer group level. It uses granular traceability and advanced environmental footprinting to track right from the farm through logistics, processing and delivery to the customer.

AtSource∞ is our ambition to transform the supply chain by delivering a net positive impact at scale. These programs, co-created with customers and other partners will significantly regenerate landscapes in which farmers prosper and communities thrive.

In January, Olam Spices launched US Onion and Garlic in the platform, and Olam has set a very ambitious goal to have 100 percent of all Olam products and ingredients AtSource ready by 2025.

To learn more about AtSource, visit Atsource.io

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February, 2019 – Tate & Lyle Report Looks at Trends in Dairy Alternatives

According to Tate & Lyle, what began as a niche market for lactose intolerant consumers has grown into a mainstream market and an opportunity for growth for food and beverage manufacturers.

In a recent report, Tate & Lyle looks at the growing demand for dairy alternatives as consumer interest climbs.

From market drivers to new product launches, the study looks at the trend across the globe.

Stating “In the United States, even consumers who aren’t lactose intolerant often cite digestive health as a motivation for purchasing dairy alternatives, with 21 percent reporting interest in milk that’s easy to digest and only 9 percent reporting interest in lactose-free dairy milk,” the report goes on to suggest that the move to dairy alternatives stems from the “free from,” movement.

Tate & Lyle also recognizes the formulation challenges relating to taste and texture that are presented when developing products with dairy alternatives.   “Mimicking the taste and texture of dairy milk is one challenge; mimicking its nutrition profile is another. Dairy alternatives often need to be fortified in order to match the levels of protein, calcium and vitamin D typically found in dairy products.”

Click here to see this comprehensive report.

Skidmore offers a wide variety of Tate & Lyle products.  Contact your Skidmore representative to identify the ideal ingredient for your next innovation.

February, 2019 – Van Drunen Farms: Three Things To Avoid with Clean Label Ingredients

On their website blog, Van Drunen Farms recently looked at the clean label movement, and things to keep in mind when food manufacturers decide they need a cleaner label, and more specifically things to avoid.

“When I was a kid, we had fruit punch and juice with flavors like Groovy Grape, or Wacky Watermelon. Was there any real watermelon in there? Absolutely not. Today, mothers give their children 100% fruit juice, or better yet, real fruit.”  Kerry Sikorski, Quality Compliance Manager at Van Drunen Farms, has noticed the change in how consumers choose products, and specifically reflected in how parents feed their children.

And while it’s true, parents want their children to eat real food with real nutritional benefits, Van Drunen explains the clean label movement goes far beyond children’s foods and beverages.    According to Van Drunen, the trend has “saturated the industry.”

Their blog discusses first, what “Clean Label,” means, and then goes deeper to discuss what food manufacturers need to avoid in order to appeal to clean label consumers.  Sikorski then identifies three interconnected standards, emphasizing that distinguishing between them will help when creating clean label ingredients:

  • synthetic ingredients
  • highly processed ingredients
  • artificial ingredients

The blog offers insight into the benefits of moving to clean label and encourages readers that there may be more than one way to do so.  They go on to urge readers to rely on insight from their consumers when choosing what clean label means to their formulas.

You can read the complete blog here.

Skidmore carries an extensive line of products from Van Drunen Farms.   Contact your Skidmore representative for more information.